RUSH: Woodridge, Illinois. This is George. I’m glad you waited, sir. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush, and mega dittos. Boy, I’ve been a longtime listener. This is like a thrill for me. You wouldn’t believe it.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate that very much. Thank you.
CALLER: You know something, Rush, I’m kind of paying attention to Obama and Putin and these sanction wars that they’re having. You know, Obama calls on his friends, the European countries to wag their fingers and call Putin names. They want sanctions on Putin to ruin his economy, to inflict harm on his people. But what happens if Putin would call on his friends, the Chinese, the ChiComs, to call in like the American debt, the money that —
RUSH: The thing you gotta worry about with Putin is polonium-210.
CALLER: But, you know, who would out-sanction who when it comes down to these wars? If Putin —
RUSH: Seriously, didn’t the Russians announce some reverse sanctions on Kerry and Biden or whoever? I mean, they’re doing it. I think Putin’s doing it to play the joke. It’s a silly game. They’re sitting over there laughing themselves silly. He what? He sanctioned me? Well, okay, I’m gonna sanction their idiot vice president, then.
CALLER: But what I’m saying is, if Putin would talk to the ChiComs, their friends, his friends, Putin’s friends, into calling in the American debt, the money that America owes —
RUSH: Well —
CALLER: — the Chinese.
RUSH: I think it would be a mistake to assume that the Russians and the ChiComs are tight allies, A. But more importantly, the ChiComs, their own debt’s at stake if they do something like that. I mean, the ChiComs have a vested interest in our economy remaining strong, because everything we buy is made there. A lot of what we buy is manufactured by the ChiComs. I understand what you’re saying, what if Putin got really serious about this, could he call on his allies to really wreak some havoc on us. Theoretically, yeah.
CALLER: But couldn’t he like call in the debt? Like demand that they pay something, try to hurt the American economy by calling in a certain amount of money to keep the Americans on their toes?
RUSH: I don’t think it works that way. On paper, sure, could do it, might be interesting but I don’t think that’s the way at these levels that such retribution would occur.
RUSH: Look, one thing the ChiComs could do, I didn’t mean to pooh-pooh the caller. I just don’t think that’s gonna happen. But one thing the ChiComs could do is stop using the dollar as the world currency. They have threatened to do that. Putin is threatening to do that now. And I’ll tell you something else, folks, there is something that Obama and the European Union could do. It’s a very easy way to punish Putin in a way that would really matter. They could kick him out of the IMF and the G8, which would mean it would cost Russia more to do business with the rest of the world. They could do that.
He’s not gonna do that. The fact that he’s sanctioning all these individuals, they don’t care, folks. They think they have to make it look like they care, ’cause they know you. He doesn’t care. Reducing America’s standing in the world was the objective. It’s the original Limbaugh Theorem. If Obama wants this nation taught a lesson, this nation’s gotta be brought down to size. It’s not just gonna happen domestically, economically. It’s gonna happen internationally as well.
Remember, Obama, he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, and he doesn’t believe in any of the things about the United States being policeman of the world or being the outpost of liberty or freedom in the world. He’s never, never believed that. He doesn’t think we’ve ever been a legitimate superpower. He’s been of the belief that that’s been illegitimate and not warranted. We got some sound bites to back this up here in just a second.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 10. Here’s Putin. This is this morning in Moscow. Putin’s addressing a joint session of parliament about Russia, Ukraine situation, international opposition to the Crimea vote, and this is just a portion of what he said.
PUTIN TRANSLATOR: Our main partners and United States in their practical policy prefer not to use international law, but the law of the strong in what they’re doing. They believe in their uniqueness; that they can rule the world; that they could always be right. They act whatever they want and they could use force against sovereign states.
RUSH: Were you able to hear that? If I didn’t have a transcript, I wouldn’t know. I couldn’t separate the two, were you able to? Were you able to hear it? Okay, if you were, the audience was. But I’m gonna just read it to you clean because that was Putin huffing and puffing back there with a translator. The translator said this what Putin said. “Our main partners and United States in their practical policy prefer not to use international law, but the law of the strong in what they’re doing. They believe in their uniqueness; that they can rule the world; that they could always be right. They act whatever they want and they could use force against sovereign states.”
So Putin is basically attacking American exceptionalism. He’s attacking the notion the US is the outpost and the beacon for freedom. He’s basically saying, “Screw you! You’re not the hottest people around. You’re not the best people around. You don’t get to run the world. You don’t get to tell everybody else how to do things. You don’t get to stand up for freedom. It’s none of your business what I’m doing, and screw you.”
Now, back on April 4th of 2009 in France, Obama essentially said that he understood. A correspondent from the Financial Times, guy’s name was Ed Luce: “Mr. President, can I ask whether you subscribe to the school of American exceptionalism that sees America as uniquely qualified to lead the world. Or do you have a slightly different philosophy, and if so, would you be able to elaborate on it?”
OBAMA: I believe in American exceptionalism just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.
RUSH: Except they don’t. But regardless, that answer is proof positive that Obama doesn’t buy this notion that we are anything unique, that we’re not special. We’re not the lone outpost of freedom. We’re nobody’s beacon. We’re no different than anybody else. Yeah, we believe in American exceptionalism, but that means about as much to us as British exceptionalism means. First president we’ve ever had that would openly say that. He doesn’t really care what Putin’s doing, but he damn well knows he’s gotta act like he does, for your sake.